Chhi - (Hindi) – an expression of disgust, something that reflexively comes out when a person imagines shit.
Che Guevara – Argentine, guerilla, major figure in Cuban revolution, killed by the CIA in the jungles of Bolivia in 1967.
Frankly, Che doesn’t need any introduction. He’s omnipresent, like that old guy… Umm.. That one.. Painted by Michaelangelo.. Arey.. He whose name is screamed by those evangelicals in America and on God TV.. Ahh yes.. God! Che is similar to God!
Che became the icon of the counter-culture. The face of the movement that under-lied the waves of anti-establishment and radical thoughts. Following the rise of communism, and the emergence of the new faith, new religion – no faith or atheism, people started finding, worshipping new gods.
Che is one of them.
Like Jesus or any Hindu god (Vaishno Devi et al) or the new brokers of religion (Asaram!), he can be found and in fact trumps everyone in being the most visible of them all.
Che Chappals. Che T-shirts. Che Mugs. Che posters. Che Wallpapers and Screensavers. Che Notebooks. Che lockets. Che Tattoos. Che. Che. And Che!
Disgusting!! (By the way, one online store even sells a t-shirt, “Che is Dead. Get over it!”
How many of them know about his life? So you watched the movie Motorcycle Diaries and stood up to become a krantikari (revolutionary)!?
Well, the movie was nice; without Gustavo Santaolalla’s soundtrack, it would have lost its sheen. And Che was not a leader. He was an utter failure in Congo, sharing few of the qualities with America (Vietnam) in his approach of solving a problem in a new land, among new people.
Abraham Lincoln. Benjamin Franklin. George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. FDR. Martin Luther King Jr. These were leaders, who changed the course of the entire human history. (Oh well! All American!)
Okay.. So.. Gandhi. Mandela.
Embracing a new “god” will be of no avail. “Oh! So you love Che? You’re a communist? Revolutionary? Pro-poor? Or just showing-off, making a niché for yourself so that people may identify you as someone, for you have nothing else to come up with, on your own?”
And the reason I had this impulse (shag) of writing this post was that I just saw a girl, with a photo of Che stuck on her laptop, alongside the logo of HP. I mean, all through his life, he fought America and its imperialism, and yet you murder him again by committing such crime! And what will be her reaction if someone instead has a photo of Lord Ram or Hanuman or Mecca? “Fundamentalists!“
God rest his soul. Amen.